After reading yesterday's post
about the role that Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor
played in the birth of steampunk, William Gibson wrote in to add,
I've never actually read Mayhew, but feel I've long had him, through
brilliant osmosis, with Kellow Chesney's Victorian Underworld, which is easily one of my favorite books
ever. People assume, when I tell them that, that Chesney would mainly
have influenced The Difference Engine, but actually this was very
consciously the basis of the criminal society of Neuromancer, et al. It
was a Victorian model, as I saw what's since come to be called
neoconservatism producing a neo-Victorian world. Not a bad call, either!
I literally had The Victorian Underworld on my desk constantly,
throughout the writing of Neuromancer, and for years after.
(Image: The Victorian Underworld from rauter25's photostream)
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